It seems as if each and every year, one name in draft circles starts to gain a serious amount of attention in the early half of the basketball year. Last year, it was the likes of Ja Morant and even Kevin Porter Jr who began to gain serious attention with their impressive play. If you don't remember, Ja Morant was thought to be a potential late first-round selection last year before his play opened enough eyes that shot him up draft boards and eventually landed him as the 2nd overall selection in last year's draft.
Fast forward to this year and another name is making some serious noise when it comes to potential 2020 NBA Draft prospects. Let us introduce you to Dayton forward Obadiah "Obi" Toppin. The Sophomore forward has been on a terror as of late, especially with his play this week at the Maui Invitational. Toppin is a big-bodied forward who can score in a variety of ways. If you were watching Obi over the last week, you might have heard Jay Bilas reference that Toppin is destined to be a potential Top 10 selection in the upcoming draft, and it's hard to argue against that point when you look at his production so far this year.
- Toppin checks plenty of boxes when it comes to evaluating him as a potential NBA prospect. He's a bully inside and isn't afraid to go to the block, but with his impressive outside shooting improvement so far this season, he's turning himself into a potential nightmare on the offensive side of the ball.
VS GEORGIA 11.25.19
- When you look at Obi Toppin's production, his 3P percentage jumps off the page at you. Collegiate basketball players don't shoot around 50% from downtown very often. Now I'm not saying that you should expect Toppin to keep that number up there for the remainder of the season, but this clip shows us a smooth looking form from deep from Obi.
OFF THE BOUNCE
- This is a great clip to focus on because it shows us the versatility that Toppin possesses on the offensive side of the ball. Great job here by Toppin to attack off of the bounce and then regather and show us some patience. Notice the amount of ground that Obi covers as he works his way towards getting a better shot.
POST UP WEAPON
- If you watch Toppin and Dayton play, you'll notice they often get Toppin involved in post-up situations. On numerous occasions, Obi will demonstrate his ability to survey the floor and either make a correct read for a teammate or go to work for a bucket. Here, Georgia sends a second defender for a double team but Obi notices this and reacts once he sees an opening. Nice little shoulder turn and jumper here for a basket.
OUTSIDE SHOOTING PART II
- There's a lot of ways that Obi Toppin can hurt you on the offensive side of the ball. With his intriguing size at 6'9" as well, he's going to have plenty of NBA Front Offices buying into the hype.
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PICK AND POP
- A good look at Toppin in the pick and roll game and it's something you'll see often when you watch Dayton play. Toppin is such a weapon in the half-court game and his rapidly improving outside shot makes him a threat from a variety of ways.
- Let's eliminate that doubt you may have of "Is Toppin just an outside shooter or is he athletic?" Yes folks, Toppin is the real deal. This kid has every making of being a potential top 10 selection in June. Now, a lot of things can change until then, but you have to love the skillset that Obi brings to the table. Great explosiveness here to go up and get this pass and then immediately explode back up for the slam.
POST UP II
- Let's call this the "Save this for June." Love the combination of quickness and strength that Obi has when he's getting to the rim. This was right after Toppin had just previously gone to work in a post up situation as well.
- Like we've said before in this segment, a lot can change from now until June but you need to keep a close eye on Obi Toppin. The Dayton forward is expected to rise up Draft Boards in a hurry and it wouldn't surprise us to hear his name mentioned in the Top 10. With Toppin's impressive percentages from outside and his versatility on the offensive side of the ball especially, he's going to be an intriguing name to follow for the rest of the College Basketball season.